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“Exorcizing the ghost of a failed relationship via the time-honored tradition of the breakup album, Norah Jones luxuriates in beautiful misery on Little Broken Hearts. Liberated by the separation but not quite ready to let it go, Jones achieves a curious subdued tension here, dressing unadorned confessionals in softly stylized studio noir.”–All Music Guide Check [...]

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Chano Dominguez: Flamenco Sketches

“Flamenco Sketches began as a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. The album is a re-visioned reading of the compositions on the iconic Davis album — in different order — as well as two other Davis compositions, “Nardis” (which he never recorded) and “Serpent’s [...]

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Guitarist Mark Leighton and flutist Peter H. Bloom perform Suites, Sonatas & Standards, an eclectic concert of chamber music from diverse lands and eras, and favorite jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Recorded live at the Thomas Crane Public Library on February 13, 2010 by Quincy Access Television. Check Our Catalog

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Guitarist Kevin Hubbard presents a program of Classical Guitar with a Taste of Jazz, including classical pieces from all eras, jazz standards, folk songs from around the globe, and classical & jazz originals. Recorded live at the Thomas Crane Public Library on February 21, 2010 by Quincy Access Television. Check Our Catalog

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“This is the sound of three men whose reputations rest on work done decades earlier, and one younger man whose reputation is difficult to explain, delicately tiptoeing through six pieces.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Three Cohens: Family

“Their updated approach to “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” has a distinctive modern touch and a rich reharmonization.  The Cohens also show off their skills as composers. Avishai penned the lush, moving “Family,” a beautiful ballad with a melancholy air, along with the imaginative “With the Soul of the Greatest [...]

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“The primary pleasure of the Little Willies, the uptown country cabaret covers band fronted by Norah Jones, is their ease, how they can take tunes everybody knows by heart and not so much reinterpret them as freshen them, pulling them ever so slightly toward the jazzier side.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The exuberant cheers and applause from the small studio audience at performance’s end remind you that what you’ve just heard has happened in real time, making it all the more impressive. COIN COIN, the first half of a larger politically-charged and personal work, is one of those records you didn’t know you were waiting for, [...]

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“The veteran bassist has long been one of the top soloists on his instrument and a significant composer as well. There are several fresh interpretations of standards, including a buoyant, lively Come Rain or Come Shine.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Donny McCaslin: Perpetual Motion

“Donny McCaslin is very much a tenor saxophonist in the John Coltrain/Sonny Rollins mold, but he often varies his approach by adopting unusual instrumentation. That’s what he does on Perpetual Motion, using an electric bass played by Tim Lefebvre, electric and acoustic keyboards by Adam Benjamin and Uri Caine, and drums by Mark Guiliana and [...]

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall: I Feel You

“[I Feel You] delves into rock, pop, jazz, and Brazilian tunes and interprets them with a contemporary international feel, without leaving jazz behind.” — All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Many of the most cherished standards in jazz were born as popular songs. In fact, through the course of jazz history, popular songs have served as a source of inspiration for jazz artists. They still do. Now, in his new recording of classic Puerto Rican songs, saxophonist, composer and arranger Miguel Zenón brings that jazz [...]

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“The music included here celebrates the musical diversity of New Orleans and Treme as traditions have been passed down from the neighborhood where jazz was born and where blues, Cajun, and folk musics have flourished to the present post-Katrina era. As a soundtrack, this volume represents what’s best about Treme; as a listening experience, it [...]

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“Compared to Wynton’s duet albums with Willie Nelson, this is both more traditional and riskier, and compared to Clapton’s latter-day duets with B.B. King and J.J. Cale, this finds the guitarist none too deferential. These are consummate musicians united by playing music they love, and their passion resonates so strongly it’s hard not to enjoy [...]

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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

“This lavish 111-track, six-CD box set attempts the impossible — to tell the whole story of jazz. This expanded anthology is wonderfully diverse in the story it tells, with tracks from jazz artists across the stylistic board, from Stan Kenton to Sun Ra, Bill Evans to Chick Corea, Louis Armstrong to Cecil Taylor, with stops [...]

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“Shimabukuro gained recognition when his version of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ went viral on Youtube, but as he shows on much of Peace, Love, Ukulele, he is more interested in his own original compositions. The ear-catching cover here is Shimabukuro’s nearly unaccompanied version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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True by Too Human

Emotionally charged, bluesy vocals in a contemporary folk style with strong shades of jazz and blues. Check Our Catalog

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“Nelson’s singing and guitar playing have always fallen well to the jazz side of country all along anyway, and he’s hardly been a garden variety hat act during his long career, while Marsalis has long worked to reintroduce jazz as a viable popular form in American music. It’s about synthesis, really, and so it makes [...]

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Mike Mainieri: Crescent

“Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri is hardly the first jazz artist to pay tribute to John Coltrane, but he may very well be the first to do so accompanied solely by alto saxophone (the late Charlie Mariano) and double bass (German Dieter Ilg) — no drummer or pianist in sight. Mainieri says in his liner notes that [...]

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Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society

“Esperanza Spalding is a quadruple threat as composer, bassist, singer, and producer. Chamber Music Society is a more sophisticated offering than Esperanza. That said, with its musical diversity, stylistic panache, humor, and soul, it’s also a more enjoyable listen.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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